Senator, District 14 —New York State SenateNovember 8, 2016 —New York General Election
New York State SenateSenator, District 14
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- Increasing access to living wage jobs and access to M/WBE opportunities for small businesses.
- Improving access and affordability of transit options.
- Improving access to resources and services to help with quality of life issues for seniors, youth and families.
Leroy George Comrie, Jr. is a first-generation American born to Leroy G. Comrie, Sr. of May Pen, Jamaica and Ruby Frith Comrie of Kingston, Jamaica.
Fascinated by the Watergate Hearings on TV in the early 1970s, the younger Comrie was troubled not just by the alleged wrongdoings of President Richard Nixon that were being disclosed in the hearings, but also by the lack of ethnic diversity throughout the government. As the oldest of his parents’ two children, Leroy was also privy to the frustrations of immigrant families trying to sponsor family members from their homelands. At Jamaica High School, he became involved in student issues, but it wasn’t until he started college at Bridgeport University that Leroy really found his voice.
He was quickly elected president of the Black Student Union, where he lobbied for fellow-students and realized that he had a future as an advocate. He began his career in public service when New York City Councilman Archie Spigner, impressed with the then-23 year-old Leroy, offered him a job. Councilman Spigner mentored Leroy and handpicked him to run to succeed him as Councilman for the 27th Council District. Leroy would serve with distinction for 12 years, bringing more than $100 million in capital funding for schools, hospitals, colleges, theaters, and parks throughout the neighborhoods he represented.
When term limits ended his tenure in the Council, Leroy became Deputy Queens Borough President, advising Borough President Melinda Katz, and serving the residents of Queens County. While still serving at the Borough President’s Office, members of his community impressed upon Comrie their interests in having him run for the 14th Senate District. He was elected by a sizeable margin in the three-way race and started his tenure on January 1, 2015.
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. and his wife, Marcia Moxam Comrie, a writer and editor, are the proud parents of a daughter and a son, both of whom attend college. The family resides in St. Albans, Queens where they have owned a home since 1994.
Senator Comrie is the ranking member on the Committees for Election and Consumer Protection. During his first term, Senator Comrie introduced nearly 100 bills, including a constitutional amendment designed to empower voters by increasing ballot access. Moreover, he was able to get a bill protecting postal workers’ ability to obtain rental assistance benefits signed into law while also negotiating and securing funding for capital projects, almost unheard of accomplishments for a freshman Senator in a minority conference.
His political philsophy is that government should be transparent and accessible and work to provide opportunities for all people. He believes in working collaboratively with his colleagues on all levels of gevernment to achieve results that will positvely impact the lives on New Yorkers.